It's a grim reality that many animals in the wild kill and eat their babies. It seems awful, to our empathetic human minds, but it's really just an dramatic example of that unavoidable truth: Life eats life to live.
It turns out that many animals have good reason to kill, and sometimes consume, their young. Baby critters that are diseased or weak drain resources from the group, and with some animals - like lions - infanticide is a way to preserve and advance the strongest genetic traits. Julian Huguet has the darkly fascinating details in today's DNews report.
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